...The struggle moved around the bedroom and the attacker began hitting them with a lamp, according to the police report. The woman's boyfriend eventually was able to break away and go for help, but Byrne grabbed his ex-wife, slammed her face into the wall and repeatedly screamed, "I will kill you"...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
[MA] Man beaten by just-fired Officer Byrne says Byrne's wife is battered and eventually will be slain. Says he has threats on tape - ...Byrne, 38, has a "long history of conflict due to an ongoing relationship between Byrne's wife... and (the alleged victim)"... The alleged victim told police Byrne's wife is a battered woman, adding that "Byrne is unstable and that he will eventually kill (his wife)"... The man said he had lost count of how many times Byrne had threatened to kill him. The man also said Byrne was often in uniform while making the alleged threats... Police said the alleged victim also has voice mail recordings of Byrne identifying himself and making threats...
EX-POLICE OFFICER FACES NEW CHARGES
Cape Cod Times
By Karen Jeffrey
February 23, 2011
[Excerpts] A judge will be asked Friday to determine whether a former Sandwich police officer poses such a threat to his ex-wife and others that he should be held without bail. Dennis Byrne, 40, was arrested early Monday morning and accused of beating his former wife and her boyfriend after breaking into their Hyannis home. Byrne lost his job as a patrolman in 2009 after he attacked a man while off duty and beat him so badly that the victim required 37 stitches... At about 3 a.m. Monday, the Barnstable police were called to 207 Straightway, where a man and woman reported being awakened by an intruder attacking them in their home... The woman told the police that she woke up to see a man, whom she described as her ex-husband, sitting on her boyfriend's chest and pummeling him. The struggle moved around the bedroom and the attacker began hitting them with a lamp, according to the police report. The woman's boyfriend eventually was able to break away and go for help, but Byrne grabbed his ex-wife, slammed her face into the wall and repeatedly screamed, "I will kill you," the police report states... On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to armed burglary and assault, assault with a dangerous weapon (lamp), assault and battery, and vandalism. No bail was set pending Friday's dangerousness hearing, which was scheduled at the request of the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office... If Byrne is found to be dangerous, he can be ordered detained without bail for up to 60 days. In June 2009, the Sandwich police arrested Byrne after an attack on a man who had a relationship with his wife... Byrne attacked the man, hitting him several times in the head, causing wounds that required 37 stitches. He continued to punch the victim even when he fell to the ground ... the victim told the police that prior to the attack, Byrne had repeatedly threatened violence against him and he believed that Byrne's wife was at risk of being killed. The Sandwich police placed Byrne on leave immediately following the incident then fired him in October 2009. In October 2010, Byrne admitted sufficient facts in Barnstable District Court to assault and battery — a charge punishable by up to 2½ years in jail. By admitting sufficient facts, Byrne did not admit guilt in the 2009 beating, but admitted that the district attorney had enough evidence to convict him if the case went to trial. As part of the plea agreement, Byrne was ordered to stay away from the victim, enter counseling and take anger-management classes, and pay a fine of $1,250. In exchange, the case was continued without a finding for two years... However, as part of the plea deal, Byrne agreed that if he was arrested during that two-year period, he faced being sent to jail ... [Full article here]
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